July 2021 Newsletter

Annual Splash Cove Event!!

We are so excited to host our Annual Splash Cove Event again this year! This event is for our MEMBERS ONLY. Please renew your membership here and sign up here! We can't wait to see you all on Sunday, July 25th from 6:45pm to 8:30pm.


Upcoming Fundraisers

July 9-11: KC Monarchs Wonderful Weekend

July 10: 1st-Annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament

August 28: 3rd Annual Aces 4 Autism Volleyball Tournament

Join us at the ballpark JULY 9th, 10th & 11th to help support AUTISM AWARENESS! A percentage of each ticket you buy is donated to Autism Society - The Heartland when you use the promo code HEARTLAND! Get your tickets here!

Join Autism Society – The Heartland for our 1st Annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club! Event registration will include drinks, food, golf towel, green fees, and cart rental! There will also be mulligans and mini-events. This tournament is limited to the first 36 teams, so register today! 

Join Autism Society - The Heartland for our 3rd Annual Aces 4 Autism volleyball tournament at Volleyball Beach! There will be a competitive bracket for teams who have done this before, and a recreational bracket for teams new to the tournament scene. All registered players will receive an event t-shirt! Register NOW!

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T(w)een Social Group

On July 17 from 10-11am the group will sing Karaoke and share their musical talents. T(w)eens can choose to sing or bring an instrument they know how to play. Parents are invited! Sign up here on Eventbrite for the Zoom link and password. This a social group for tweens and teens with autism, ages 11-16, who are able to participate in social events with some supervision.


A.W.A.R.E. Activities

A.W.A.R.E. is a group for adults with autism (ages 18+) who are able to participate in group settings without supervision. This group meets monthly, and currently only through a virtual setting.

Nelson-Atkins art classes will resume this fall!

Support Group


Join us July 6, 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm for our virtual A.W.A.R.E. Support Group! This group will be lead by two adult peers with ASD on the second Tuesday of every month. This month's topic of discussion will be "Family." Come ready to discuss your own experiences and find support from others in the group. To join this virtual group, please use this Zoom link and the password: 685854.

We are so excited to continue our A.W.A.R.E. (Adults With Autism Recreational Events) social group virtually on July 21 from 6:30-8:30pm. Please register here on Eventbrite for the July Zoom link and password! This month's group will play BINGO online! Join our Zoom meeting to be given the URL for our virtual BINGO game! Then make your own BINGO card. We wish you luck!

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Join us July 14 or July 15 for either of our TWO virtual Support Group Meetings! These will be held through Zoom. Please find more information by clicking the date you want to attend!


Autism Society - The Heartland continues our Saturday Seminar series with this month's VIRTUAL workshop with Darla Wilkerson the executive director of Disability:IN GKC! Follow this link to register and for more information!


Summer 2021 is here! There will be many, local summer camp options this year, both in-person and online. Please see our 2021 summer camp resource list here for more information. Need financial assistance to pay for camp? Check out our scholarship program here.


COVID-19 Relief Fund still available!

Autism Society - The Heartland's COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide direct financial assistance to individuals and families for groceries, essential household supplies, activities, and/or caregiver self-care opportunities with a paid, active 2020 or 2021 ASH membership. Please visit our website here for more information and apply here.


Research Opportunities

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

University of Kansas Research Opportunity

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART)

Are you an adult with an intellectual disability who wants a career? The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is conducting a study to understand the effectiveness of implementing a career development intervention using telehealth for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The intervention uses the Self-Determined Career Design Model (SDCDM), an evidence-based intervention designed for people with IDD. If you are interested in learning more about this study or have questions please contact Evan Dean at edean2@ku.edu.

Suma Suswaram is recruiting parents, guardians, and adult caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a study that examines the relationship between caregivers’ stress and child communication skills. To participate, the parents must be the primary caregiver of children between the age of 4-10 years, with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of ASD, speak less than 30 functional words. If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating, please contact suswaram_suma@ku.edu.

The BRAIN Lab team is seeking individuals 8-35 years old for our studies of brain and behavioral development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD and individuals without ASD may participate. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently conducting remote assessments only. If you are interested in participating in our studies*, follow the link above and click on ENROLL IN A STUDY. For more information about study participation, or to learn about the safety procedures being implemented by our research team, contacting us at (785) 864-4461 or brainlab@ku.edu.

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July 2021

Autism Society - The Heartland continues to consult with local health departments to safely facilitate events. While our physical office remains closed, we will begin to move towards a mixture of virtual and in-person events. Additional safety information and guidelines will be provided as we move towards hosting in-person events. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let us know.


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